Less than 1 per cent (0.21%) of PC users are running the newly launched Windows 11 Operating System, according to new data released by IT asset management platform provider Lansweeper.
The investigation of more than 10 million Windows devices on business and home networks, using Lansweeper’s credential-free device recognition technology, highlights a slow adoption rate one month on from the market launch.
As of November 2021, the Lansweeper data suggests Windows 11 is the fifth most popular Windows Operating System:
The report shows that almost 1 in 10 (9.93%) Windows devices scanned are running End of Life Operating Systems. A significant portion of these are running Windows XP and Windows 7, software which Microsoft stopped supporting back in 2014 and 2020 respectively.
Roel Decneut, Chief Marketing Officer at Lansweeper, said, “the situation poses a significant cybersecurity risk as Microsoft no longer provides bug fixes or security patches for Windows Vista, 2000, XP, and 7. Although most users are on newer operating systems, the billions of active Windows devices worldwide means there could still be millions of people using devices that are insecure and open to attack. Plus, many of these outdated systems are predicted to be running on enterprise devices, which means it’s not just personal information that’s on the line.”
Highly skilled hackers are capitalising on poor cybersecurity practices, with the chances of being hit by a cyber-attack significantly higher due to an increase in remote working and a lack of security on home networks.
Roel added, “system upgrades are still viewed as annoying, time-consuming, or simply not needed, yet we have seen security threats specifically targeting outdated operating systems and unpatched vulnerabilities. The longer people and businesses wait to update their systems, the bigger the risk becomes of a potentially costly attack.”